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Doñana National Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
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Marshes of Doñana in Huelva province
Location within Spain
Location Huelva, Seville and Cádiz provinces - Andalusia, Spain
Coordinates 37°00′00″N 6°30′00″W / 37°N 6.5°W / 37; -6.5Coordinates: 37°00′00″N 6°30′00″W / 37°N 6.5°W / 37; -6.5
Area 543 km2 (209.65 sq mi)
Established 1969
Visitors 392,958 (in 2007)
Governing body Andalusian Autonomous Government
Type: Natural
Criteria: vii, ix, x
Designated: 1994 (18th session)
Reference #: 685
State Party: Spain
Region: Europe and North America
Extensions: 2005
Designated: May 4, 1982

Doñana National Park is a natural reserve in southern Spain. It is in Andalusia, in the provinces of Huelva and Seville. It is in Las Marismas, where the Guadalquivir River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The park covers 543 square kilometres (209.65 sq mi). Of that area, 135 square kilometres (52.12 square miles) are protected. The park has marshes, shallow streams, and sand dunes. It was named as a nature reserve in 1969. The World Wildlife Fund and the Spanish government bought a section of marshes to protect it. The eco-system has been in danger from draining the marshes, using river water to irrigate land along the coast, and making tourist facilities bigger. The park is named after Doña Ana de Silva y Mendoza, the wife of Alonso Pérez de Guzmán, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia.

Doñana National Park was one of 100 finalists for the 12 Treasures of Spain in 2007.

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